• Registration EXTENDED for the Spring Retreat!  Spots are still available for this year’s spring retreat, which will be held at a gorgeous home RIGHT ON THE BEACHFRONT !!! in New Jersey from April 26-28 (Thurs-Saturday).  Total cost is $10; register by paying Karen Cunningham the cost of the retreat in cash.
  • Stations of the Cross will be hosted by the Theology Graduate students this Wednesday, March 14th at 7:30pm.  Please consider helping- volunteers greatly needed!  Contact Lauren:
  • The GTSC Monthly Liturgy is happening this Tuesday, March 13th.  All are welcome- please contact Lauren Joyce if you can help!

This Week!

Monday, March 12th 

  • Monday Latin Lunches! 12-1 PM in the conference room across the hall from the theology office between sociology and political science. We are beginning with Augustine’s De Catechezandis Rudibus.  For more information and this reading, please contact Dr. Elizabeth-Jane McGuire (
  •  ESTEEM, 6-7:45 in the Tracy Lounge at St. Rita’s.  This week, ESTEEM is covering Catholic Social Doctrine. We are very excited for great discussion on this topic and know that it will put us in gear for some wonderful work for the Lord and His people. For more information, contact Holly.
Tuesday, March 13th
  • Comps Luncheon and Sharing!  All students preparing for the comprehensive exams are invited to take a break from studying at 12 noon in Rm 200 of the Health Services building.  Come meet with fellow students to share how this process has impacted your spiritual life as well as to enjoy a catered lunch and adult beverages.  *BRING A COMPS TEXT (book, reading, article…) TO SHARE.* 🙂 RSVP to Michelle Sherman.
  • Graduate Student Monthly Mass will be held at 5:20 in Corr Chapel.  All are welcome- contact Lauren Joyce to get involved.
  • PULSE: People Uplifting Lives through Scripture Everyday 6-7pm. Pulse will meet in the Devon Room, Connelly Center. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Arielle Benjamin and Denise Diadyk at
  • “Finding Augustine in the Literary Magic of Harry Potter”– Given by Dr. Greg Garrett of Baylor University at 7pm in Driscoll Hall.  To join in a post-talk discussion with refreshments (Devon Room, Connelly Center), RSVP to Fr. Joe Farrell:

Wednesday, March 14th

  • Sant’Egidio Prayer Service. 6pm in Corr Hall Chapel.
  • Group Centering Prayer: Please join fellow theology students at 3pm in Corr Chapel to take time to recenter yourself in God’s presence.  (Non-denominational prayer.)
Thursday, March 15th
  • Bible Study with Dr. Paul Danove will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Room 210, St. Augustine Center (SAC). We will  study/reflect on  the upcoming Sunday Scriptures taken from the Gospel according to Mark.  All are invited. Contact:
Friday, March 16th
Saturday, March 17th
  • The Feast of St. Patrick!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Sunday, March 18th
Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events!
  • On Wednesday, April 18 the University Partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will sponsor a colloquium on Gender and Justice: A Global Humanitarian and Development Perspective.  The afternoon session, “Responding to Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Crises,” is scheduled between 4-5:30 p.m.  The evening session, “Global Poverty Reduction and the Gender Lens,” is scheduled between 7:30-9 p.m.  Both sessions will be held in the Connelly Center, Villanova room and open to the public.  Francisca Vigaud-Walsh, CRS’ Emergency Operations Technical Advisor for Sexual and Gender-based Violence, will be the featured speaker.

Upcoming Conferences @ Villanova

  • Catholic Social Teaching Conference in March 19-21, 2012: See HERE for more details.
  • Truth & Mystery Reading Group. With the dual aims of building community between philosophy and theology as well as preparing for this year’s Truth & Mystery Conference on April 12th, this group meets monthly to read and discuss authors pertinent to the conference: Desmond, Marion, and Hollywood.  More details here.  Professors Jim Wetzel (Philosophy), Jessica Murdoch (Theology), Carey Walsh (Theology), and Darlene Weaver (Theology), are serving as faculty mentors.
  • Faith and Culture: Theologians of the Future in Dialogue Friday, April 20th, 2012, 3:30 PM – 8 PM;  Villanova University, Dougherty Hall, West Lounge; Keynote Speaker: Dr. Leonard Swidler, Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. This conference will be Villanova University’s first Graduate Theology Student Conference open to students in master’s and doctoral programs outside of Villanova University. It is intended both to foster dialogue between students in our own program and to engage the next generation of theologians in other programs across the nation about what we are doing as students of theology.
    • The topic for 2012 is entitled “The Role of the Theologian in the Public Square.” We encourage all of you to attend! For more information, contact AJ DeBonis at

Upcoming Conferences in the Area

  • The Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC) for pastoral leaders/parishioners is a gathering for training, resource sharing, networking, and prayer. March 8-10, 2012, Baltimore Hilton Hotel. MAC is a three-day gathering from Thursday-Saturday, March  8-10, 2012, designed to strengthen pastoral leaders from across the  mid-Atlantic region and beyond in the church and in their ministry.  If you would like to attend this conference FOR FREE, in exchange for volunteering, please contact Villanova alumna, Rena Black ( for more information.
  • Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and Young Church Leaders Envision the Church of the Future March 9-11, 2012. Boston College.  In an effort to empower and listen to the voices of some emerging theologians and leaders, theology graduate students at Boston College (BC), together with the International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (ICMICA-Pax Romana) and other partners at BC plan to organize an international colloquium in March, 2012 on the theme of Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians Envision the Future of the Church. The three-day gathering will be guided by, five subthemes:
    • The Future of Catholic Ethics
    • The Future of Dialogue
    • The Future of Liturgy
    • The Future of Ministry
    • The Future of Ecclesiology